You Want A Shiba Inu...
Be prepared - you may have to wait for several months for
your special puppy. Shibas have very small (1-4) litters,
and waiting lists are the norm.
- These are Shiba Inu Canada members in good standing. The
Club takes no responsibility for claims or contract agreements.
The Club strongly urges potential owners to fully research
both the breed and the breeder.
- On this page are listed Shiba Inu in search of new homes
- please contact the people or organization listed for each
- To find a Canadian breeder, the Dogs Annual lists paid
advertisers. This magazine is available from book stores,
large grocery stores, etc and most veterinary clinics keep
a copy or two on the premises. The internet is also a good
source, as is your local vet or feed supply store.
- Do not be afraid to ask questions of the breeder! If possible,
visit in person. Shibas are spotless, there is no excuse
for filth. The dogs should be happy and active. Watch how
the dogs respond to humans - they should be interested,
alert, and keen to have attention from their breeder. Some
will be more standoffish, and do not offer attention to
- Do NOT "rescue" a puppy from a pet store. While
it is heartbreaking to walk away, for every puppy bought,
3 more are produced to supply the demand. The pet store
puppies are produced in "puppy mills", under appalling
conditions, with no regard to health, temperament, or genetic
- Price varies from region to region, and from breeder
to breeder. Be prepared for prices from $600 to $1200. Be
aware that ANY dog sold as purebred must have Canadian Kennel
Club registration papers provided to the new owner, at no
extra cost. Written contracts should be signed by all parties,
with terms and conditions clearly defined.
- The breeder should ask questions of you, too. Lifestyle,
living conditions, expectations of a dog; all help to ensure
that the puppy is going to families that are well prepared
for the unique little package named "Shiba"!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How big is a Shiba?
14" - 16" at the shoulder, 18 - 25 lbs.
Do they shed?
Yes, twice a year. Thick wooly undercoat is shed in the fall
and spring, and it is messy.
Are Shibas hypoallergenic?
NO. While not as bad as some breeds, sensitive individuals
may experience allergic reactions.
Can Shibas be trained?
YES. They are very intelligent and learn quickly. However,
this does not mean they are obedient! Social training is easy,
formal obedience training can be a challenge, particularly
the off-leash work.
Do they need a fenced yard?
YES. Shibas were bred to hunt - this meant running all day.
Fences should be at least 4' high, with no spaces of more
than 3". If they can get their head through a hole, the
rest of the body will follow.
Are they good apartment dogs?
Generally NO. When young, Shibas need exercise, and lots of
it. If confined in a small apartment all day while the family
is out, a young Shiba will bark, chew, and do all those awful
things dogs do when they are bored. If someone is home most
of the day with them, and there is the opportunity to get
outside for exercise several times a day, Shibas can manage
nicely in an apartment.
What kind of health problems are there in the breed?
At this point in time, the Shiba is generally a healthy dog.
The most widespread problem is likely immune related issues
(itchy skin, allergies, etc). Hip dysplaysia has been reported
- reputable breeders X-ray their stock to reduce the incidence
of this. Slipping patellas, some eye diseases and heart problems
have also appeared, not in large numbers, but enough that
breeders need to be aware and screening their breeding animals.
How are they with cats?
Surprisingly good... but remember that this is also an individual
personality trait - not ALL Shibas may accept ALL cats. If
a cat runs, a Shiba will chase it.
Are Shibas good with children?
YES, if they are raised with kids that treat animals with
respect. If they have not been exposed to children when they
(the puppies) were very young, they may be very apprehensive
around children, particularly toddlers. Patience and pleasant
experiences with children are the best teachers.
What's BAD about Shibas?
We are, of course, of the opinion that Shibas are perfect,
- there is that shedding thing.
- they need LOTS of exercise, particularly when young.
- owners need LOTS of patience, particularly when young
- they can be stubborn, and ignore you, much like a cat
- if they get loose, they may be gone for days, if they
can avoid getting hit by a car or attacked by other dogs.
- there is that superior attitude - owners must possess
just as much, if not more, self-esteem than the dog.